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Review: Heritage Rough Rider .22/.22MAG 6.5” Combo

Check out how the Heritage Rough Rider stacks up.

In the ever expanding world of firearms and firearm manufacturers, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the different companies out there and the firearms that each one produces.

One of the best ways to make an informed choice as to which firearm is right for you is to research your options and read as many reviews as possible.

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I recently took a closer look at a single-action revolver from Heritage Manufacturing, Inc., known as the Rough Rider. The Rough Rider is available in a wide array of specifications and calibers, but for this review I tested out the 6.5” .22/.22 WRM combo gun.

The first thing you’ll notice upon holding the Rough Rider is its considerable heft. In other words, this is not a light .22 revolver, especially when compared to some of the featherweight firearms that are increasing in popularity.

Weighing in at 34 ounces unloaded, the Rough Rider is not a gun designed for any sort of concealed carry.

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Before going any further into the specs of this gun, I think it makes sense to first discuss the applications for which this gun would excel. The Rough Rider is an ideal plinking pistol and, with enough practice, would be serviceable in the squirrel woods as well.

Now, you aren’t going to be making 50-yard shots on moving squirrels with this gun, nor will you be putting multiple rounds into the same hole on target at the range. The open sights and shorter barrel of this gun simply won’t allow for it.

However, that does not take anything away from the fun that firing this weapon provides the shooter.

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The Rough Rider features grips made of exotic woods such as these made from Cocobolo.

With its blued finish, Cocobolo wood grip, and Old West feel, the Rough Rider really brings out the inner cowboy in anyone who shoots this gun.

The entire shooting process, from loading the six-shot cylinder by manually rotating it to expose each new chamber, cocking the hammer with each new shot, and emptying the spent shells after firing, is an enjoyable experience.

There is just something about that satisfying “click” of the hammer locking into shooting position that offers an experience everyone should experience at least once.

As far as accuracy is concerned, the Rough Rider will never be considered a tack driver at any significant range. I fired this gun, in both .22 and .22 WRM, at several different targets at various ranges and the one thing I learned was to not expect the kind of tight groupings and accuracy that are so sought after in the shooting industry these days.

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That is not to say this gun is wildly inaccurate or anything along those lines. It simply is not going to give you the repeatable accuracy that some modern firearms will offer.

However, with enough time spent shooting and learning how to effectively utilize the open sights on the gun, the Rough Rider becomes a steady performer, as long as expectations are held in check.

Recoil is very manageable while firing from both the .22 and .22 WRM cylinders. That is to be expected with any weapon chambered in .22 caliber. However, one important thing to remember with this gun is hearing protection. Hearing protection is vital when you are doing any type of shooting, but some people may think it isn’t necessary for a .22. That simply is not true.

The Rough Rider’s short barrel makes this gun loud enough to damage hearing and precautions should be taken.

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This revolver from Heritage Manufacturing have an additional cylinder included; chambered in .22WRM.

With an MSRP of $249.99, the Rough Rider 6.5” Combo is a very affordable gun, especially when you consider the fact that it is a combo gun and comes with an additional cylinder, effectively making it two guns in one.

The build quality is also impressive for its price. Nothing about this revolver screams “cheap gun.” Not in the least.

If you are in the market for a fun to shoot and affordable revolver to plink with and tote into the woods after small game, look no further than the line of revolvers produced by Heritage Manufacturing Inc.

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Review: Heritage Rough Rider .22/.22MAG 6.5” Combo